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IPL 2019: Andre Russell steals thrilling win for Kolkata against Hyderabad

File photo of Kolkata's Andre Russell playing a shot. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 24, 2019, 08.10 PM (IST)

Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata defeated Bhuvneshwar Kumar-led Hyderabad to start their Indian Premier League 2019 campaign on a winning note. 

After winning the toss, Karthik put Hyderabad to bat first at the high scoring pitch of Eden Gardens. 

Batting first, the comeback-man David Warner struck 85 off 53 balls and shared a 118-run stand for the first wicket with wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow (39). 

Vijay Shankar contributed unbeaten 40 in Hyderabad's total to give Kolkata a 182-run target. 

While chasing, Kolkata suffered a bumpy start but the middle order batsmen held inspired the team towards victory. 

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Andre Russell played a whirlwind unbeaten knock of 49-runs to script his side's dramatic win after Nitish Rana scored 68 at top of the batting order.